12. Tools

To be effective in working entirely by hand, it is important to have suitable and effective tools! At Bec Hellouin we try to develop efficient hand tools and now have a range of simple and complementary tools for working quickly with a minimum of fatigue.

[Editor’s note: The best resource so far is https://www.fermedubec.com/la-permaculture/les-outils/ (translation begun Feb 2019). It amends the standard garden toolkit with designs more suited to no-dig mulched beds, companion planting, dense planting, etc. The farm’s new encyclopaedic book Vivre avec la terre describes the tools at length.]

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